Photo: Chris Eckert/Studio DStep 1Layering a cream or liquid bronzer (like Nars Illuminator in Laguna, $29; narscosmetics.com) underneath a powder keeps the finish from looking too dry and flat. With your ring finger (it applies less pressure, and product, than your index finger), dot the color along your hairline above your temples, over your cheekbones toward your nose, and then down along your jawline.
NOTE: Bronzers aren't just a tool for warming up pale skin. In rich, earthy shades with red undertones (think clay or terracotta), they're also a beautiful way to add contour to dark skin.
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Photo: Chris Eckert/Studio DStep 2
Brush on a powder bronzer (like Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna, $33; narscosmetics.com) in the same configuration (hitting hairline, temples, cheekbones, jawline). Then, without adding more bronzer to the brush, dust it over your nose, neck, even the tops of your ears. (For a light application, don't use a bronzer-specific brush. A regular powder brush is less dense and will pick up less product.)
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Photo: Chris Eckert/Studio DStep 3Finish with a sheer powder highlighter (like Nars Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross, $27; narscosmetics.com) to make the bronzer look translucent on the skin. Dust it above your temples, on the tops of your cheekbones, over the bridge of your nose, and underneath your browbones. Complement your new glow with a sheer rose lip gloss.
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